Barriers to and drivers for energy efficiency in the Swedish foundry industry
2007 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, Vol. 35, no 1, 672-677 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite the need for increased industrial energy efficiency, studies indicate that cost-efficient energy conservation measures are not always implemented, explained by the existence of barriers to energy efficiency. This paper investigates the existence of different barriers to and driving forces for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the energy intensive Swedish foundry industry. The overall results from a questionnaire show that limited access to capital constitutes by far the largest barrier to energy efficiency according to the respondents. A comparison between group-owned and privately owned foundries shows that, except for limited access to capital, they face different high-ranked barriers. While barriers within group owned companies are more related to organizational problems, barriers within private foundries are more related to information problems. This study also found that energy consultants or other actors working with energy issues in foundries are of major importance in overcoming the largest barriers, as the foundries consider them trustworthy. They may thus help the foundries overcome organizational problems such as lack of sub-metering and lack of budget funds by quantifying potential energy efficiency investments. The two, by far, most important drivers were found to be people with real ambition and long-term energy strategies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 35, no 1, 672-677 p.
Barriers, Drivers, Industrial energy efficiency
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12511DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2006.01.010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12511DiVA: diva2:327
Patrik Rohdin, Patrik Thollander, Petter Solding, Barriers to and drivers for energy efficiency in the Swedish foundry industry, 2006, Energy Policy, (35), 1, 672-677.
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